On your most recent tracks you seem to use more electronic elements. What inspired this?
I think it kind of came from a few places. I mean because when we did our first album we’d been playing those songs for quite a while and we had a very specific vision of kind of wanting to make a traditional, basic garage rock album you know just the four of us with our instruments and very little overdubbing or anything. There wasn’t anything on it that wasn’t a guitar on it apart from maybe a piano. So when it came to the second album, we kind of thought maybe why don’t we do something completely different to what we were used to? So I think a big element of that was that we were listening to a lot of music that was different to what we had been listening to. Around the time of the first album we were listening to a lot of Nine Inch Nails or Massive Attack, Kate Bush or loads of French electronic music so our tastes have developed or changed a bit from what we had been listening to. And then myself and one of the guys in the band we started producing a lot of the music ourselves and that gave us a lot of scope to just experiment with different instruments, sample things or use instruments that we’d never been able to really use in the live route before. So I think it was all of that coming together really.
Your last Newcastle show sold out. What can people catching your next show in the city expect?
They can expect a lot of new music. We’ll be playing a lot of material on that tour that we haven’t played live before at all. We’ll probably be playing a lot of stuff that hasn’t been released even by that time. I mean we’ll be doing our gigs in September in the UK and we’ll have a lot of our new singles out but there’ll be a lot of stuff that we’ve recorded that won’t have been released by then. It’s just kind of going to be elements of the first album shows where it’s really loud and fast and really energetic then with you know with a lot of the second album there’ll be a bit more variety in the set. Some of the new songs are quite banging tunes [laughs] so the energy won’t drop for too long. Yeah I think that’s what people can expect.
Tell us what your single ‘On and On’ is about.
Yeah. I mean the song itself is just about this guy we know about who’s a bit of a bad guy I’d say kind of and we know someone who’s personally involved with him in the past too. It kind of seemed like the behaviour he has, I’d say, intractable. I feel like, even though he does these things that a lot of people would prefer that he not do and have told him not to do that he just can’t seem to change his ways. So there’s an element of a kind of an addiction to those kinds of misdeeds or wrongdoings. I kind of planned it out with a kind of fictional story. Well not even a story really ,just a character running into the wrong crowd and just the fact that he’s likely to keep committing those behaviours on and on I suppose. That’s the chorus idea for it and then the song itself it’s just like a crazy, I don’t know, 90s euro-dance meets kind of guitar dance-rock in the verses and then apparently a bit of Oasis as well which I didn’t realise until we put it out and then everyone said I sounded like Liam Gallagher which is kind of cool I suppose.
If Otherkin could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
If we could collaborate with anybody. Erm, I’d love to work with Damon Alborn from Blur. I’m a huge Blur fan, I’m also a huge Gorillaz fan and I feel like he’s kind of done that aspect of let’s say being in a more traditional guitar band then incorporating synthesisers and other electronic elements and gone down a completely different road altogether. So yeah I think he’d be someone really cool to work with because [you] can transcend being in just a guitar band and being whatever you wanted it to be. So I think that would be cool.
I’m trying to think who else would be good. Maybe Lil Nas X. We like Lil Nas X a lot [laughs]. We can maybe do a new cowboy EP with him you know. With some synths and guitars and he can just go out front and do his thing.